Public Interest Disclosure (PID)

How to make a Public Interest Disclosure (PID)

Please see below as to the information which the PID should identify. Disclosures under the PID Act must be made to a proper authority:

In Person 
Ethical Standards Unit
119-145 Spence Street, Cairns Q 4870

In Writing 
Ethical Standards Unit
Cairns Regional Council
PO Box 359
Cairns QLD 4870

Phone  (07) 4044 3044 - request the Ethical Standards Unit


The PID should identify the incident or issue of concern in sufficient detail to enable an appropriate investigation to be conducted. Depending on the circumstances, disclosures should supply:

  • The name and contact details of the discloser (desirable);
  • The nature of the alleged wrongdoings;
  • Who they think was responsible for the alleged wrongdoing (if possible);
  • When and where the alleged wrongdoing occurred;
  • Events surrounding the issue;
  • Whether they did anything in response to the alleged wrongdoing; and
  • Others who know about the alleged wrongdoing and have allowed it to continue.

Before making a disclosure, you should contact the relevant authority to find out more about:

  • Any queries you have regarding the lodgement of a disclosure
  • Your rights and responsibilities under the PID Act
  • The protections that will apply under the PID Act
  • Whether the information you have is covered by the PID Act

If your information is not covered by the PID Act you can still make your disclosure to the public authority concerned using its complaint management process (if you are a member of the public) or its grievance process (if you are or were an employee at the time the incident occurred). Once you have been informed about the PID Act and your rights and responsibilities, you must make it clear you have chosen to make your disclosure under the PID Act.

If you choose to make your disclosure under the PID Act you must ensure you do not discuss the matter with anyone other than the Council's PID Officer or the person conducting the investigation otherwise you could lose you're immunity under the PID Act.

Last updated: 27 March 2015